Roland Huet was born in Blois, in France’s Loire Valley. He went into the kitchen when he was six years old, and fell in love. After school, and apprenticing in restaurant kitchens, he finally made it to Paris and in the 1960’s began working in Michelin three-star restaurants, first at Drouant, and finally at Lucas Carton.
After 25 years of cooking in France, he accepted an offer as executive chef from a customer in Paris, who was originally from New Orleans, and was going back to run the family restaurant in New Orleans. The customer turned out to be Chris Ansel, and the restaurant was one of the oldest restaurants in New Orleans, Galatoire’s. So in 1969, both Chris Ansel and Chef Huet flew to New Orleans. In 1971, Ansel and Huet decided that the family was not going to allow them to make any changes, so they opened their own restaurant in the suburb of Metairie, and called it Christian’s.
After two years, they decided they had to get back to the city of New Orleans and in 1973, bought a church on Canal Street and converted it into Christian’s Restaurant off of Canal Street and the streetcar line. Seven years later in 1980, the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape Chef Roland Huet for their first television series, Great Chefs of New Orleans I. They later taped him for the second Great Chefs of New Orleans series.
Both Chris Ansel and Chef Roland Huet, retired in the late 90’s and sold out to another partner. Then the restaurant was semi-destroyed in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina, never to reopen again as Christian’s Restaurant.